OCEAN PARK — The South Pacific County Professional Firefighters/I.A.F.F. Local No. 3999 have partnered with Operation Warm and the Ocean Beach School District to ensure that local kids are ready for the winter weather.
A project in its second year, the mission is to raise funds to provide brand new, American-made, winter coats to children living on the Long Beach Peninsula. This year’s goal is to provide a new coat to any kindergarten through fourth grade student who is in need.
Organizers say it’s more than just a coat; the program has the potential to strengthen the community in more ways than one. Beyond warmth, a new coat positively impacts a child’s school attendance, self-esteem, and overall health and well-being. In addition, USA coat manufacturing creates American jobs and boosts the economy.
“I think it’s a great community project that is truly beneficial to our area,” says Jeff Archer, president of South Pacific County Professional Firefighters Local #3999. “The ability to participate directly with the children and see the bright facial expressions when they get the new coat is amazing and worth all the effort involved. We demonstrate that we care.”
Pickled Fish in Long Beach is also helping in the effort. During the month of November, treat yourself with their special “Operation Warm Cocktail” and support a great cause at the same time.
To donate to the cause, stop by Sid’s IGA in Seaview, Okie’s Thriftway in Ocean Park, or go to tinyurl.com/ycjzqewe. One hundred percent of each donation is used locally.
Last year, 60 coats were distributed to children at Long Beach and Ocean Park elementary schools.